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Govt. should abolish International agreements as per mandate : Sajith

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All international agreements including the MCC, ACSA and SOFA should be abolished as per the mandate given by the Sri Lankan people to the present government at the last presidential election, National Democratic Front (NDF) Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa said over the weekend.

Speaking to the party members in Kirillawala on Saturday, Mr Premadasa said he, as the new leader of Opposition, would get his party to support the government if it decided to cancel the signing of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Agreement, Acquisition and Cross Serving Agreement and Status of Forces Agreement.

“Those in the government said these agreements including the MCC will be torn into pieces and the people of this country had given a mandate for it. Therefore the government should fulfil its promise and we will support such a move," Mr Premadasa said.

He said the time had come for the country to compile policies to face challenges of the future. One such challenge he said was the climate change which could bring disasters such as flash floods. Some islands he said could perish in the future.

Mr Premadasa who touched on the economic policies which Sri Lanka should adopt said export-led growth should be fine as it is globally accepted policy today. However, he said Sri Lanka should also diversify its export markets so that it would not be affected by any embargoes if it has to face such a situation in the future.

Also, Mr Premadasa said he would change the opposition’s role and bring about a new political culture. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Yehiya Monday, 23 December 2019 09:49 AM

    UNP is the party always work with clear policy . Do not entertain the gallery.

    Anmanpan Monday, 23 December 2019 09:51 AM

    Totally agree, specially the pending MCC agreement. The Buds claimed the country was to be divided by two. Now very silent or silent night and not so holy night (the mid night abductions.

    Milinda Monday, 23 December 2019 10:18 AM

    Why are you talking now? When you guys were in power and signed the agreements you kept quiet and did not have the guts to tell your unscrupulous bankrupt leadership not to sign the contracts. I suppose you did not have a backbone then.

    country man Monday, 23 December 2019 01:40 PM

    The most straight forward comment,I heard for a long time. "Thank you"

    vithura Monday, 23 December 2019 05:07 PM

    He is right to challenge the Govt. to abolish those agreements, but to offer his support is counter-intuitive.

    ramm Monday, 23 December 2019 10:18 PM

    he lacks intelligent to be a leader. his statements shows lack of intelligence.


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